Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives

From recruitment to graduation, supporting student excellence through diversity

 The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, known as ORDI, is a vital part of our efforts to create a thriving graduate community. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and affirming environment for all students.

Together with InclusiveVT, the Division of Student Affairs, and academic departments, we offer programs and services to ensure that graduate students thrive.

News and Upcoming Events

Welcome Luncheon for Underrepresented Students

Wednesday, August 23, 12-1:30 p.m., Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room.

The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives will host a fellowship luncheon for underrepresented and/or minority students. These groups include racial/ethnic minorities, sexual/gender minorities, and others who identify as a minority in graduate education. Student group and organization leaders, faculty mentors, and community allies are encouraged to attend the luncheon to offer guidance and encouragement to new students. All are welcome to attend. Please register here.

Find out who is speaking at the luncheon here

For assistance please contact Shania Clinedinst at sbooker1@vt.edu

Our mission, vision, and goals 

Provide campus leadership in collaboration with academic departments and colleges in developing, implementing, and operating events and activities that are designed to recruit and assist underrepresented students’ personal development, academic achievement, and graduation.

Provide exceptional support and retention services to American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, First generation, Active Duty and Veteran, LGTBQ, Non-traditional, and Differently Abled students increasing enrollment and graduation rates.  

1.       Increase the outreach, recruitment, and graduation of U.S. historically underrepresented groups (i.e., American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

2.       Support students' adjustment to campus by coordinating guidance and counseling support among other campus units.

3.       Maximize collaborations with campus units and student organizations to create environments and programs to support and sustain students’ success and continuation at the University.

4.       Strategize with academic units in monitoring the progress of students and make appropriate referrals to campus units.

5.       Promote and develop educational opportunities and enrichment activities to help facilitate the educational and personal growth of student participants through organized activities and collaborative efforts with other campus units.

The ORDI Advisory Board members are alumni who serve a three-year term to provide guidance and support regarding the goals and vision of the recruitment, retention, and graduation of diverse graduate students at Virginia Tech.

Nayesdi Badillo-Delgado, MA, ’15, Educational Leadership and Administration

Jeremy Barksdale, MA ’12, Public Administration,  Ph.D. ‘13, & Policy and Computer Science

C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D., ’15, Architecture & Design Research

Kelly Cross, Ph.D., ’14, Engineering Education

Whitley Johnson, MA, ’16, Educational Leadership and Administration

Chris Kwaramba, MBA ’15, Business Administration

Shernita Lee, Ph.D. ‘14, Genetics Bioinformatics, Computational Biology

Michelle McCleese, MA, ’05, Sociology

Reggie Stroble, MA, ’14, Educational Leadership and Administration

Contact: Dr. Christian Matheis

Director, (540) 231-8636

grads@vt.edu